County awards for pride of MK

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THE Bucks Sports Awards ceremony took place at Horwood House just outside of Milton Keynes last Friday night – and the city had two winners.

City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club picked up the ‘Club of the Year’ award and Valerie Symon from Woburn Sands was named ‘Unsung Hero’ for her efforts in getting youngsters playing hockey.

She and City of MK club chairman Ian Ashley received their awards from Zac Purchase MBE – Olympic gold medallist and three-time World champion rower, joined by sponsors and key leaders from local government, business, education and sport at the event.

City of MK Swim Club were up against competition from Moretonville Junior FC and another swimming club in the shape of Maxwell from Aylesbury, but took the top prize after what chairman Mr Ashley described as ‘one of the best years the club has had since it was formed in 1990’.

“We have 160 competitive swimmers who train between once and 10 times a week,” he said. “The club is very proud of this achievement and a special mention must go to head coach Greg Buck and assistant coach Lisa Salmon for all their efforts in helping to make it a great year both in the pool and outside it.”

Mrs Symon, 60, has been involved with Milton Keynes Hockey Club for more than 40 years, teaching youngsters and organising primary school tournaments for thousands of kids over the years.

She also saw off some stiff competition to claim the Unsung Hero prize, including Milton Keynes Athletic Club stalwart Rick Townsend.

“I’ve been encouraging young people to play hockey for more than 40 years,” she said. “Most people know me because I’ve either taught them to play or their kids.

“I’m still involved with the club now – I remember most of the ladies’ team from when they were little girls and were just learning to play.”

The Bucks Sport Awards is now in its sixth year and celebrates and honours the amazing work carried out every day by volunteers, coaches and organisations across the county. See pictures from the awards night at